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Italy

2017

25

Aug

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Italian police use water cannon against refugees occupying Rome square

Police in riot gear clash with refugees near main train station after about 800 were evicted from office building on Saturday Police using water cannon and batons have clashed with refugees who had occupied a square in Rome in defiance of an order to leave a building where they had been squatting. Television images from […]

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Country: Italy
Source: The Guardian

04

Aug

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Mediterranean migrant arrivals reach 115,109 in 2017; 2,397 Deaths

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 115,109 migrants, including refugees, entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 2 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 261,228 arrivals across the region through 2 August 2016. IOM Rome reports that according to official […]

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Country: Italy
Source: IOM , DW World

25

Jul

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EU indecision worsens Italy’s migrant crisis

As the European Union seeks a long-term solution to the refugees crisis, tens of thousands of migrants continue to pour into Italy setting up makeshift camps in cities across the country. Since January, 110,000 immigrants landed in Europe via the Mediterranean. Saddam from Sudan fled to Italy hoping to move north, but encountered problems. “I’ve […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euronews

30

Jun

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Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to shut ports

Italy has threatened to stop vessels of other countries from bringing migrants to its ports. The warning came as Italy’s EU representative, Maurizio Massari, warned in a letter to the bloc the situation had become “unsustainable”. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has accused other European nations of “looking the other way”. An estimated 10,000 people are […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC News

16

May

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Italian court upholds ban on Sikhs carrying knives

The Italian Supreme Court has ruled against a Sikh migrant who wanted to carry a ceremonial knife in public. It said that migrants who choose to live in Italy must respect Italian laws prohibiting the carrying of weapons even though many Sikhs regard ceremonial knives as sacred. The court acknowledged that diversity in a multi-ethnic […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC World

10

May

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Italian forces ignored a sinking ship full of Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees on a sinking fishing vessel in the Mediterranean between Italy and Malta pleaded with naval authorities for five hours to be rescued, by which time 268 of them had drowned. The incident on October 11, 2013, saw a wooden fishing boat carrying at least 480 people start getting into trouble around 60 miles […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Daily Mail

07

May

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Italian police make arrests in probe into illegal migrant working

At least six people have been arrested as part of a probe into migrants being taken from reception centres and put to work illegally in southern Italy. It is the first operation to use new legislation which aims to combat exploitation in fields and orchards. A manager and two staff members of a reception centre […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euronews

01

May

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Growing row in Italy over claims of NGOs colluding with smugglers

There is growing controversy in Italy over claims that some NGOs involved in the rescue of migrants at sea have been colluding with Libyan people smugglers. Italy’s justice minister slammed the claims as “lies” and the Sicilian prosecutor behind the accusations has been called before the High Council of the Judiciary next week to explain. […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euronews

24

Apr

Pope Francis leads a mass at the Basilica of Saint Bartholomew on Tiber island in Rome, April 22, 2017. REUTERS/Maurizio Brambatti/Pool

Pope likens migrant holding centers to ‘concentration camps’

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”. During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year. He met a Muslim refugee from the […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Reuters

19

Apr

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Italy accelerates asylum procedures

Italy’s parliament approved measures to accelerate asylum procedures, cutting the number of possible appeals and speeding up deportations of rejected migrants. Since 2014 the number of migrants reaching Italy’s shores has surged, with half a million arriving in the country, and under European Union law Italy has to set up so-called “hotspots” where migrants with […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Middle East Monitor